Learner Drivers Need Testing on Hole Spotting, Says the AA

By Gary Cutlack on at

Our roads are in such a state that the learner driver process needs adapting to take all the potholes into account, according to the AA, which thinks that spotting and panic-avoiding holes in the road ought to be added to the hazard perception part of the driving test, alongside the classic children/ice cream van Kobayashi Maru situation and the guidelines on how to best overtake the modern cycling warriors.

This is being backed by Edmund King, boss of the AA and one-man thinktank, who said: "It is a sad indictment of our poor road conditions that instructors are having to adapt their lessons to avoid potholed roads. More troubling is the fact that lessons and tests are being abandoned because of pothole-related breakdowns. The situation is so serious that the hazard perception test and Highway Code need to change to reflect the state of the roads that learner drivers have to learn on."

King is saying this because of a survey he had some people do, which apparently did indeed find that some driving lessons have been aborted through pothole-related damage to cars, with some cases of practical driving tests being abandoned because a road-hole broke a car also being reported by instructors and examiners. So maybe changing a wheel while crying in the rain on the edge of an A-road should be in the test too. [The Times]